Fixing Objective2’s Power Jack

** We’re moving to a new office on Friday, May 31st. Orders placed after 10am CST tomorrow (5/31) will ship Monday! ** If you’ve assembled NwAvGuy’s Objective2 in the past year, you must have noticed that its power jack is discontinued. Alternatives to Kobiconn 163-7620-E do not fit. Substitute power jack for O2. Does not fit. NwAvGuy last reached […]

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How to Finish Aluminum

Disclaimer: This article has no audio related content. We hope the following manufacturing information will be useful to others. A couple years ago, we naively expected that aluminum manufactures would perfectly interpret our engineering drawings and produce beautiful, black parts. After rejecting 4500+ aluminum cases in these past two years, I can tell you with certainty that this […]

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Best DAC?

Lately we’ve received several phone calls which start like this: Customer: “Hi, I’m new to high end audio. Does [insert product] have a DAC in it? Do I need a DAC?” From these discussions, two observations are clear. DACs are suddenly “hot” on the market. The majority of prospective DAC buyers, especially those new to […]

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C5 Headphone Amplifier

Today we’re excited to announce our new C5 Headphone Amplifier: C5 Production Status Design: 100% complete Engineering Samples: Approved Benchmarks: 100% Complete PCB Assembly: 100% Complete, on a UPS truck Enclosures: In stock, awaiting anodizing February 19-22 Barring unforeseen catastrophic failures, C5 preorders will ship no later than February 28. Review samples and distributor orders will ship on […]

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Happy 2013!

Happy New Year, everyone! 2012 was by far our best year ever, at 430% revenue growth over last year. Incredible! No surprise to us, “Erik” at Headfonia.com named the O2+ODAC combo his personal Product of the Year: “I have heard and seen more gear in 2012 than in all the years before combined. For me, the […]

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Cyber Monday at JDS Labs!

Today is Cyber Monday, so we’re excited to offer free shipping! Terms are simple: Free shipping applies to all orders weighing 3+ ounces, which includes all of our DACs and headphones amplifiers Orders placed with free shipping will be mailed via USPS First Class or USPS First Class International. If your order is too heavy […]

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Digital Audio vs. DPC Latency

Quick note: Our office will be closed this Thursday and Friday while we spend time with our families for the Thanksgiving holiday. Orders placed Nov 22-23 will ship on Cyber Monday. We need to thank Steve Guttenberg for his fantastic review last month. Site traffic spiked that week, crippling my blogging time as I pitched in […]

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Going Black

Here’s a production lesson we learned over the summer: Black anodizing looks better than silver, and it’s easier to engrave. Engraving plain aluminum (“silver”) parts requires a special type of spray paint, which costs $70 per can. The parts must be cleaned, sprayed, dried, and then engraved at a staggeringly slow speed on the laser engraver. […]

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Backorders and New Website

First of all, we published a huge site update last night. JDS Labs no longer relies on the PayPal shopping cart! We’ve been testing and revising the new site for 2 months. If you see anything out of place, do not hesitate to send us a note. ODAC Backorders Short Story: ODACs began shipping at […]

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Endplate Experiments & RCA Jacks for ODAC

** Scheduled Maintenance: We’re moving our server tomorrow night at 1:00AM CST, Saturday, July 14th. Anticipated downtime is 1-4 hours. JDSLabs.com may be difficult to access in some parts of the world for the next 24-48 hours while our new IP address propagates. ** CNC Experiments Nick has spent the past three weeks making noise, breaking […]

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